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Jamie Earnest is from Alabama and holds a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art. She received of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art during summer 2015. In 2016, her work was featured at The Andy Warhol Museum. Jamie had her debut solo exhibition at Cindy Lisica Gallery in Houston in 2016. Since then, she has had an additional three solo exhibitions of her work in Alabama and Pennsylvania. She has shown multiple group shows in Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Texas, Colorado, Alabama and Suzhou, China. In 2019, she received a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and was accepted to the Brewhouse Distillery Emerging Artist Residency for 2019-2020. In 2020, Jamie will participate in TWIRL: A Decade of Artist Interviews where she will be interviewed for the magazine once a year for ten years to reflect on her practice. She’s passionate about engaging in the local arts community through her jobs, supporting artists, and speaking about the importance of art in our society. Jamie is a passionate worker and advocate for arts equality in children’s education and actively picks up teaching opportunities across the city. Jamie currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.
I am interested in exploring the successes, tensions, and nuances of the idea of public space and domestic symbols, often tying together public and private space to continue a social and political commentary. Engagement between public and private realms creates a gray area of inertia that my painted spaces try to activate. I do not believe that a painting can change the world, but I do believe it powers communication and human interaction. This is why I value ambiguity in my paintings. Though my work includes specific symbols and some recognizable imagery, the conglomerate of sourced public spaces allows the harmonies to float in a cloud of obscurity. The painted space is claustrophobic and airy between the abstract and the familiar. My paintings are often hybrids of my past and future trajectory of personal and public space paired with a social and political narrative. Pieces of familiar imagery are laid amongst the ambiguous to be tied together in no particular order by viewers.